If you have gained Permanent residency in the U.S. you get to enjoy certain benefits and it’s also your path to becoming a full US citizen. You have the right to travel in and out of the U.S., you have the ability to work in the United States or start a business. As a legal permanent resident (“LPR”), you can help your spouse or children acquire their permanent residency. You get to enjoy many of the rights offered to the U.S. citizens including access to insurance and mortgage policies. Now, let’s take a short overview of the top 5 benefits of becoming the U.S. LPR.
1. Live and work in the U.S.
Many people living in the U.S. illegally are in constant fear that they will get arrested and deported. This is something that you will never have to face once you have a permanent U.S. residency. When you are a LPR, you can live anywhere you choose to live in the U.S. without having to seek approval from anyone or having to fill endless forms. In addition, you will only need your green card to renter the U.S. A reentry permit is only required if you are traveling abroad for more than a year. As a permanent resident, you can also start a business and can receive government grants.
2. Invite your family to the U.S.
One of the top benefits of being a LPR is being able to sponsor your spouse and kids to join you in the U.S. as permanent residents. The children must be below 21 years of age. This means that if you have been long separated from your family, because you had a temporally visa, you can now be reunited with them permanently.
3. Enjoy American education
As a LPR, you can apply for financial aid from the U.S. government to pay for your higher education. In addition, you will pay less for higher education by being a U.S resident.
4. It’s your path to citizenship
Becoming a permanent resident of the U.S. bring you one step closer to becoming a U.S. citizen. You must be a permanent resident of the United States for at least 5 years in order to qualify for citizenship. If your spouse is a U.S citizen already, then you only need to be a permanent resident for three years to qualify for citizenship.
5. Enjoy other social benefits
As a LPR, you are qualified to receive social security payments if you have been employed for more than 10 years. With permanent residency status, you also have a lot of options when it comes to obtaining a mortgage. You can easily get health or life insurance.
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